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Are you near Washington DC? Attend NCTET’s special homework gap briefing on June 6!

Our friends from the National Coalition for Technology in Education and Training (NCTET) are hosting a special Congressional briefing on Monday, June 6 about the homework gap. This event features remarks from our very own Julie Evans – learn more below:

SEIZING THE MOMENT: PROGRESS ON BRIDGING THE HOMEWORK GAP BUT MORE WORK TO BE DONE

When: June 6, 2016   1:00-2:30
Where: 904 Hart Senate Office Building

In this installment of the Seizing Opportunity in the Digital Age Congressional briefing series, the National Coalition for Technology in Education and Training (NCTET) will discuss the progress made by the FCC and Congress in closing the “homework gap”: the chasm that exists between students who have home access to high speed broadband and those who do not. In addition to highlighting changes wrought through the Every Student Succeeds Act and the FCC’s recent Lifeline Modernization Order, this session will also explore the work that remains to be done to ensure all students have access to high speed broadband in the classroom as well as at home.

This event will feature remarks from:

  • Senator Angus King (I-ME)
  • FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel
  • Project Tomorrow CEO Julie Evans
  • Albemarle County Public Schools (VA) CIO Vincent Scheivert

Please RSVP by June 5th at info@nctet.org

Interested in learning more about the homework gap before attending this event? Click here to view our Speak Up 2015 homework gap data. We look forward to seeing you at this event!

Save the date: our 2016 Congressional Briefing is on May 5th!

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Save the date! We will release the Speak Up 2015 national findings at our 2016 Congressional Briefing on Thursday, May 5 in Washington, D.C.! We’ll share some of what we learned this year from more than 500,000 students, parents and educators who took the survey and shared their views on technology and learning. Stay tuned for more details to attend the event or watch it online.

Click here to sign up for alerts about the briefing

Speak Up News – May 2015

Happy Thursday! In honor of the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year, we’ve moved our 2nd Congressional Briefing to September 24, 2015. Keep reading this newsletter for details regarding the release of the Speak Up 2014 National Findings from Teachers, Administrators, and Parents, as well as our plans for ISTE 2015.

In this newsletter:

▪ Save the date! Our 2nd Congressional Briefing has been moved to September 24, 2015.
▪ Project Tomorrow at ISTE: We’re excited to be a part of ISTE 2015 this summer! Check out our list of activities and events at this year’s conference.
▪ National Release of Speak Up 2014 Student National Findings: Did you miss our first Congressional Briefing in April? Visit our website to download the report.

Thanks for reading! Feel free to share your thoughts with us on FacebookTwitter, and our Blog.

-The Project Tomorrow team

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Save the date!

Our second Congressional Briefing has been moved to Thursday, September 24, 2015

Location TBA
12:00PM–1:30PM
Lunch will be provided
In honor of the beginning of the new school year, we’ve moved our second Congressional Briefing to Thursday, September 24, 2015! Please join us for the release of the Speak Up 2014 National Findings from Teachers, Administrators, and Parents. This is the second of two Congressional Briefings on the data results from the 521,000 online Speak Up surveys submitted from education stakeholders nationwide in fall 2014.
The September 24th briefing will include a presentation of the national findings and a moderated panel discussion with leaders in the education field. This year’s national report, “Digital Teaching 2.0 – Activating Technology-Enhanced Learning in America’s Classrooms” will be distributed to all attendees.
Will you be in Washington D.C. on September 24th? If so, RSVP for the briefing! Click here to save your seat and receive updates on the briefing details. If you are unable to attend the briefing and would like to request a copy of the report, click here or email us with your reservation request!
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Project Tomorrow at ISTE 2015

June 28 – July 1

Philadelphia, PA
We’re excited to be a part of this year’s ISTE Conference & Expo! If attending, be sure to take part in our various workshops, panels, and sessions, featuring Speak Up 2014 data and more. Check out our list of ISTE 2015 activities below, and visit our official ISTE 2015 events page as we update it with our latest conference schedule and plans.
Using Speak Up Data to Inform Your Digital Learning Plans – a special workshop for school and district leaders
Sunday, June 28, 2:30-5pm
Click here to register
Paying It Forward: Leveraging Female Voices in Ed Tech
Monday, June 29, 8:30-9:30am
Click here to learn more
The Eight Essentials for Success in Mobile Learning
Monday, June 29, 12:45-1:45pm
Click here to learn more
Why Student Data?
Tuesday, June 30, 12:30-1:30pm
Details coming soon!
Digital Teachers, Digital Principals: Transforming the Ways We Engage Students
Tuesday, June 30, 4:00-5:00pm
Click here to learn more
Speak Up Collaborator Booth (Conference Center)
Monday, June 29, 9:30 am–5:30 pm
Tuesday, June 30, 9:30 am–5 pm
Wednesday, July 1, 9:30 am–3 pm
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2015 Congressional Briefing National Release of Speak Up 2014 K-12 Students

Did you miss our first Congressional Briefing? If so, visit our website to download the report, view the press release, read this year’s key findings, and more!

Information about our first Congressional Briefing:

On April 30, 2015 Project Tomorrow released the report “Digital Learning 24/7: Understanding Technology – Enhanced Learning in the Lives of Today’s Students” at a Congressional Briefing held in Washington, DC and online in a special live stream of the event. Julie Evans, Project Tomorrow CEO, discussed selected student national findings from the Speak Up 2014 student report and moderated a panel discussion with students who shared their insights and experiences with digital learning.
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Thank you for your interest and continued support of Speak Up! Be sure to stay updated on all things Speak Up by following us on FacebookTwitterInstagram and our Blog.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our Speak Up Operations Manager, Jenny Hostert, at jhostert@tomorrow.org or via phone at (949) 609-4660 ext. 17.
Many thanks to our sponsors and partners for the support of Speak Up 2014: Blackboard Inc., BrainPOP, Fuel Education, DreamBox Learning, Schoolwires, Qualcomm Wireless Reach, Rosetta Stone, American Association of School Administrators, Consortium for School Networking, Digital Learning Day, Digital Promise, edWeb, International Association for K-12 Online Learning, International Society for Technology in Education, National Association of Secondary School Principals, National School Boards Association, Secondary Education Teachers’ Association, and the Southern Regional Education Board.

Speak Up in the news!

Happy Monday! This past week Speak Up was featured on various education websites for our release of our Speak Up 2014 student report, “Digital Learning 24/7: Understanding Technology – Enhanced Learning in the Lives of Today’s Students.” Check out the articles below:

What’s the Future for Mobile Devices in the Classroom? [#Infographic] – EdTech Magazine
Many High School Students Bringing Their Own Devices to School, Survey Finds – Education Week
4 key digital learning developments – eSchool News
Teen Students Depending More on Personal Devices in School – ABC News Radio
Nearly 60% of Teens Use Their Own Mobile Devices in School for Learning – The Innovative Educator Blog
Duh! Learning should be collaborative, personalized and tech-supported – ISTE

Thank you to EdTech Magazine, Education Week, eSchool News, ABC News Radio, The Innovative Educator Blog, and ISTE for featuring our data on your websites! If you missed last Thursday’s Congressional Briefing, visit our website to download our report, watch a recording of the event, and more – click here to catch up on last week’s event.

Did you miss yesterday’s briefing? Catch up by visiting our website!

Catch up on yesterday’s #SpeakUpBriefing by visiting our website! Here you’ll be able to download the report, “Digital Learning 24/7: Understanding Technology – Enhanced Learning in the Lives of Today’s Students,” watch a recording of the live stream, and find information regarding our second Congressional Briefing on May 28, where we’ll release our Speak Up 2014 educator data.

Key Findings from yesterday’s briefing include:

  • When students have access to technology as part of their learning, especially school-provided or enabled technology, their use of the digital tools and resources is deeper and more sophisticated.
  • The availability of online learning continues to increase with only 27 percent of high school principals reporting that they are not yet offering any online courses for students. Interest among students continues to grow, with 24% of high school students saying they wish they could take all their classes online – a large increase from 8% in 2013.
  • Almost three-quarters of students with school-provided devices as well as students with limited or non-existent technology access at school agreed that every student should be able to use a mobile device during the school day for learning.
  • Students connect the use of technology tools within learning to the development of college, career, and citizenship skills that will empower their future capabilities.
  • Digital experiences for students in a 100 percent virtual environment are much different than those in traditional schools. For instance, 72 percent of high school students in virtual schools take online tests, compared with 58 percent of traditional students.
  • Students see the smartphone as the ideal device for communicating with teachers (46%) and classmates (72%) and for social media (64%).
  • A gender bias exists in STEM interest –middle school girls are 38% less likely and high school girls are 32% less likely than their male peers to say they are very interested in a STEM career.
Interested in viewing more data? Click here to visit the April 30th Congressional Briefing homepage.

Attend Today’s Speak Up Congressional Briefing LIVE STREAM from Washington DC!

Please join us for the release of the Speak Up 2014 National Findings for K-12 Students via our live stream feed. This is the first of two Congressional Briefings on the data results from the 521,000 online Speak Up surveys submitted from education stakeholders nationwide in fall 2014. Today’s briefing will include a presentation of the national findings and a moderated panel discussion with K-12 students. This year’s national report, “Digital Learning 24/7 – Understanding Technology-Enhanced Learning in the Lives of Today’s Students” will be distributed to all attendees.

Information regarding today’s live stream:

Time:12PM-1:30PM ET/ 9AM-10:30PM PT
Linkhttp://bit.ly/SUCBLive or watch above!

Special Guest Speaker

Jessica Rosenworcel, FCC Commissioner, will be joining us to talk about the critical need to close the homework gap.

District panelists

Students from:
The Empowerment Academy, Baltimore City Public Schools
Key Middle School, Fairfax County Public Schools
Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy – Capitol Hill Campus
We encourage you to take the conversation online and live tweet during the briefing! Don’t forget to mention @SpeakUpEd/@ProjectTomorrow and/or #SpeakUpBriefing so we can see what you have to say! Check out our live feed of #SpeakUpBriefing below:
#SpeakUpBriefing Tweets
If you need additional information about Speak Up or the Congressional Briefing, please contact: Jenny Hostert on the Speak Up Team at jhostert@tomorrow.org

Special lunch briefing TOMORROW for the release of the Speak Up 2014 National Findings for K-12 Students

 

Our first Congressional briefing is only 1 day away! Come and learn why students say they are more engaged in blended, flipped or virtual classrooms than in their traditional (non-digital) learning environments.
Please join us for the release of the Speak Up 2014 National Findings from Teachers, Administrators, and Parents. This is the second of two Congressional Briefings on the data results from the 521,000 online Speak Up surveys submitted from education stakeholders nationwide in fall 2014.
 
The April 30th briefing will include a presentation of the national findings and a moderated panel discussion with K-12 students. This year’s national report, “Digital Learning 24/7 – Understanding Technology-Enhanced Learning in the Lives of Today’s Students” will be distributed to all attendees.
 
Special Guest Speaker: FCC Commissioner, Jessica Rosenworcel, will be joining us to talk about the critical need to close the homework gap. You won’t want to miss this!
 
Will you be in Washington D.C. on April 30th? 
 
RSVP for the briefing! Click the link to save your seat: http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/speakup_congress_rsvp.html
 
If you can’t make it to DC, you can still watch the briefing online via video live stream – click here to RSVP for the live stream. To request a copy of the report, to be sent to you the day of the briefing, please click here.

Only 2 more days until our Congressional Briefing!

Last fall, 431,241 students participated in Speak Up – join us on Thursday April 30, 2015 in Washington D.C. as we release these student findings during our first Congressional Briefing. By attending the briefing, you’ll receive a copy of this year’s report on the views of K-12 Students about the role of technology in the classroom and hear directly from a panel of students themselves on topics such as mobile and flipped/blended learning, school to home communications, broadband capacity and designing the ultimate school for today’s learners.

Will you be in Washington D.C. on April 30th? If so, RSVP for the briefing! Click hereto save your seat. If you can’t make it to DC, you can still watch the briefing online via video live stream – click here to RSVP for the live stream. Visit our Congressional Briefing page for more information.

You are invited to the release of the Speak Up 2014 National Findings for K-12 Students!

Our first Congressional Briefing is this Thursday! We can’t wait to release the Speak Up 2014 National Findings for K-12 Students. Be sure to sign up for the event if you’re in Washington, D.C., or sign up for the video live stream to watch it online. Keep reading to learn more about our upcoming briefing.

In this newsletter:

▪ National Release of Speak Up 2014 National Findings: You are invited to the release of the Speak Up 2014 National Findings for K-12 Students!
▪ Can’t make it to our first Congressional Briefing? RSVP for our live stream of the event and request a copy of the report.
▪ Sneak peek: Get a look at our Speak Up 2014 student data before the report is released this Thursday.
▪ Announcing our second Congressional Briefing: Save the date! Plan to attend the release of the Speak Up 2014 National Findings from Teachers, Administrators, and Parents on May 28.

Thanks for reading! Feel free to share your thoughts with us on FacebookTwitter, and our Blog.

-The Project Tomorrow team

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Speak Up Goes to Washington DC

Learn why students say they are more engaged in blended, flipped or virtual classrooms than in their traditional (non-digital) learning environments.

Thursday, April 30, 2015
12:00-1:30PM
Hart Senate Office Building Room 902
Washington, D.C.
Please join us for the release of the Speak Up 2014 National Findings from K-12 Students. This is the first of two Congressional Briefings on the data results from the 521,000 online Speak Up surveys submitted from education stakeholders nationwide in fall 2014.
The April 30th briefing will include a presentation of the national findings and a moderated panel discussion with K-12 students. This year’s national report, “Digital Learning 24/7 – Understanding Technology-Enhanced Learning in the Lives of Today’s Students”will be distributed to all attendees.
Special Guest Speaker: FCC Commissioner, Jessica Rosenworcel will be joining us to talk about the critical need to close the homework gap.
Will you be in Washington D.C. on April 30th? RSVP for the briefing! Click here to save your seat.

Can’t make it to the Congressional Briefing in Washington, D.C.?

No problem! We’ll be live streaming the event as it happens. Click here to RSVP for the live stream.
Additionally, you can request a copy of the report to be sent to you on the day of the briefing. Click here to request a copy of our Speak Up 2014 Findings Report.
If you need additional information about Speak Up or the Congressional Briefing, please feel free to contact Jenny Hostert at jhostert@tomorrow.org or (949) 609-4660 ext 17.
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Sneak peek of the 2014 National Findings for K-12 Students

We’re giving readers a sneak peek of what K-12 students are saying about digital learning before the report is released on Thursday, April 30 – keep reading to view interesting statistics, as well as reasons why you should attend this year’s briefing:

▪ 75% of students (grades 6-12) say that every student should have a mobile device to use in school for learning; 84% of district administrators agree!
Come and find out what how students in 1:1 classrooms are really using laptops, tablets and Chromebooks for learning – and what policies are needed to support mobile learning .
▪ Two-thirds of students (67%) say that using technology in school increases their engagement in learning
Learn why students say they are more engaged in blended, flipped or virtual classrooms than in their traditional (non-digital) learning environments.
▪ 40% of students say that they are regularly going online to find YouTube videos to help with homework outside of school
Our panel of students will talk about the power of self-directed learning such as this – and give examples of how they want to do more of this type of learning in school.
▪ 46% of high school students are Twitter users now – up from 11% in 2011; 58% say they would like to use social media at their school
You will be surprised to hear how students want to use social media to collaborate with peers, teachers and experts worldwide on school projects.

Click here to request a copy of the report to be sent to you on the day of the briefing.
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Save the date  Our second Congressional Briefing is on May 28.

Save the date!

Our second Congressional Briefing is on Thursday May 28, 2015.

United States Capitol Visitor Center,
Congressional Meeting Room North-CVC 268
12:00PM-1:30PM
Please join us for the release of the Speak Up 2014 National Findings from Teachers, Administrators, and Parents. This is the second of two Congressional Briefings on the data results from the 521,000 online Speak Up surveys submitted from education stakeholders nationwide in fall 2014.
The May 28th briefing will include a presentation of the national findings and a moderated panel discussion with leaders in the education field. This year’s national report, “Digital Teaching 2.0 – Activating Technology-Enhanced Learning in America’s Classrooms” will be distributed to all attendees.
Will you be in Washington D.C. on May 28th? If so, RSVP for the briefing! Click here to save your seat. If you are unable to attend the briefing and would like to request a copy of the report, click here or email us with your reservation request! Click here to visit our second briefing’s homepage.
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Thank you for your interest and continued support of Speak Up! Be sure to stay updated on all things Speak Up by following us on FacebookTwitterInstagram and our Blog.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our Speak Up Operations Manager, Jenny Hostert, at jhostert@tomorrow.org or via phone at (949) 609-4660 ext. 17.
Many thanks to our sponsors and partners for the support of Speak Up 2014: Blackboard Inc., BrainPOP, Fuel Education, DreamBox Learning, Schoolwires, Qualcomm Wireless Reach, Rosetta Stone, American Association of School Administrators, Consortium for School Networking, Digital Learning Day, Digital Promise, edWeb, International Association for K-12 Online Learning, International Society for Technology in Education, National Association of Secondary School Principals, National School Boards Association, Secondary Education Teachers’ Association, and the Southern Regional Education Board.